There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it. ~Elizabeth A. Behnke
The word chakra comes to us from Sanskrit. Basically, chakras are centers of energy, or life-force, within our bodies. There are seven major ones, and each one corresponds to a major plexus (network) of arteries, veins and nerves. Each one is also associated with a different endocrine gland, and has control over certain parts of the body.
When the chakras are blocked, we experience physical, mental, and emotional problems. Our job is to learn to keep the energy flowing freely through our chakras.
When the root chakra is clear, we feel secure, grounded, and stable, connected with Mother Earth. We are able to access our common sense. Our system of elimination functions well and sex is comfortable and natural.
When it is blocked, we feel insecurity and fear. We are absent-minded and ungrounded. Our security from material things is threatened. We have trouble letting go of sadness and material sources of comfort. We may experience problems with hemorrhoids, constipation, sciatic nerve pain, or prostate problems. To learn more about clearing the root chakra, click on this link: Root Chakra Healing
When the sacral chalra is clear, sex for us is natural and loving, and we have a healthy personality that is magnetic and radiant. We feel self-reliant. We eat only enough to feed the body's physical needs and no more.
When it is blocked, we may experience impotence or frigidity, or we may be over-sexed. Eating and drinking become addictive behaviors. Old core beliefs set in early childhood (or past lives) and strongly linked with negative emotions are held in the subconscious and affect our behavior. We feel we are living hand-to-mouth. Our emotions run the gamut of pain, guilt, fear, and anger, and these emotions, held in the subconscious, can be triggered by events in our present, resulting in inappropriate responses. Physical dysfunctions include lower back pain, problems with the sciatic nerve, ob/gyn problems in women, pelvic pain, libido problems and urinary problems. We have problems related to power and control, money, sex, guilt and blame, creativity and morality. To learn about clearing the sacral chakra, click on this link: Sacral Chakra Healing.
|Solar Plexus Chakra|
When the solar plexus chakra is clear, we are confident and in control of our lives.
When it is blocked, we suffer from lack of confidence and self-esteem. We feel powerless, and overwhelmed by greed, doubt, anger and guilt. We may be plagued by excessive worry and hypochondria, irritability and procrastination. Physically, we may suffer from ulcers, jaundice, hepatitis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and gallstones. To learn more about clearing the solar plexus chakra, click on this link: Solar Plexus Chakra Healing.
When the heart chakra is clear, we can feel complex emotions such as compassion and tenderness, unconditional love, and equilibrium. The spiritual lessons involved with this chakra include forgiveness, unconditional love, letting go, trust, and compassion. We feel love, joy, and inner peace.
When the hart chakra is blocked, we can suffer from heart conditions, asthma, lung and breast cancers, problems with the thoracic spine, pneumonia, and upper back and shoulder problems. Emotionally, we have trouble with blaming others, lack of self-discipline, difficulty in relationships, and dependence on others for our happiness. We may even try to live vicariously through others, such as our children or siblings. To learn about clearing the heart chakra, click on this link: Heart Chakra Healing.
When the heart chakra is clear, we can express ourselves clearly and meaningfully, and we have a sense of independence. We have the ability to do Dream Yoga, or Lucid Dreaming, in which we are aware that we are dreaming while the dream is still going on, and we can control elements of the dream, such as the setting or the outcome. We are comfortable accessing our intuition, and we experience a state of grace, abundance and creativity.
When the heart chakra is blocked, we often have issues with drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or overindulgence in food. To learn about clearing the throat chakra, click on this link: Throat Chakra Healing.
|Third Eye Chakra|
The third eye chakra is located between the eyes. It is associated with the color indigo and is pictured in the shape of the eye. It is associated with the pineal gland, which produces melatonin. This gland regulates our sleep and waking cycles. It also forms a link between the physical body and the Soul who inhabits the body.
This chakra is associated mainly with emotional issues rather than the physical body. When it is clear, we can use our intuition and imagination freely, and access our inner wisdom. We are able to think clearly and see past illusions.
When the third-eye chakra is blocked we may have issues with overpowering others, living in a fantasy world, paranoia, confusion, inability to focus, and lack of self-discipline. Physically, we may experience headaches, skull pressure, sinus problems, poor vision, ear problems, or bad dreams. To learn about clearing the third eye chakra, click on this link: Third Eye Chakra Healing.
When this chakra is clear, we are fully connected with Divine Spirit. Meditation is easy and natural for us, and we are able to release negative karma while in the physical body. We experience unity with all life, and the "peace that passeth understanding."
When the crown chakra is blocked, we feel isolated and alone, cut off from God. We have trouble empathizing with other people. To learn about clearing the crown chakra, click on this link: Crown Chakra Healing.
*** *** *** *** ***Image credits for the individual chakra images: Sacred Centers, Anodea Judith, www.SacredCenters.com. :-)